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Surah Al-Anbiya Ayat 2 in Arabic Text

مَا يَأْتِيهِم مِّن ذِكْرٍۢ مِّن رَّبِّهِم مُّحْدَثٍ إِلَّا ٱسْتَمَعُوهُ وَهُمْ يَلْعَبُونَ
Maa ya’teehim min zikrim mir Rabbihim muhdasin illas tama’oohu wa hum yal’aboon

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 2

Sahih International
No mention comes to them anew from their Lord except that they listen to it while they are at play

Yusuf Ali
Never comes (aught) to them of a renewed Message from their Lord, but they listen to it as in jest,-

Abul Ala Maududi
Whenever any fresh admonition comes to them from their Lord they barely heed it and remain immersed in play,

Muhsin Khan
Comes not unto them an admonition (a chapter of the Quran) from their Lord as a recent revelation but they listen to it while they play,

Pickthall
Never cometh there unto them a new reminder from their Lord but they listen to it while they play,

Dr. Ghali
In no way does any Remembrance from their Lord come up to them a recent discourse (i.e., recently revealed) except that they listen to it (while) they are playing.

Abdel Haleem
Whenever any fresh revelation comes to them from their Lord, they listen to it playfully

Quran 21 Verse 2 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Al-Anbiya ayat 2, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(21:2) Whenever any fresh admonition[3] comes to them from their Lord they barely heed it and remain immersed in play,[4]


3. “New revelation”: A new Surah of the Quran.

4. The words of the original text may also be interpreted as: They do not take life seriously but treat it as a sport and a joke.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Anbiya verse 2 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Anbiya ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 2 through 6.

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